Higher Education

Constitutional Law and the Criminal Justice System, 5th Edition

  • J. Scott Harr Metropolitan State University and Normandale Community College
  • Kären M. Hess Normandale Community College, Minnesota
  • Christine M.H. Orthmann Orthmann Writing & Research, Inc., Minnesota
  • ISBN-10: 0495811262  |  ISBN-13: 9780495811268
  • 528 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2005, 2002
  • © 2012 | Published
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Unrivaled in its simplicity and skill-building pedagogy, market-leading CONSTITIONAL LAW AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, 5e thoroughly explains the complexities of the U.S. Constitution and the criminal justice system. Extremely student friendly, the text avoids “legalese” and is packed with real-world illustrations. Its unique--and effective--pedagogical framework for concept mastery helps readers develop a solid understanding of key issues and concepts, while more than 200 plainly written, summarized cases introduce readers to pertinent cases in a non-intimidating manner. The text devotes considerable time to the Fourth and Fifth Amendments, exploring their application to issues relevant to criminal justice: reasonable search and seizure, double jeopardy, and testifying against oneself. In addition, the Fifth Edition’s cutting-edge coverage includes such high-profile topics as immigration, terrorism/homeland security, death row, and more.

Features and Benefits

  • The authors’ signature Four-Point learning system helps students truly master chapter concepts. The beginning of each chapter includes “Do You Know?” questions that present key concepts and learning objectives, while “Can You Define These Terms?” lists provide keywords students need to know to understand the chapter material. Highlights throughout each chapter answer the questions. In addition, end-of-chapter material includes a Summary and Discussion Questions, which further reinforce key chapter concepts while encouraging students to critically examine those concepts.
  • Full case citations and Internet exercises are included at the end of each chapter, helping readers discover additional information about the cases and issues discussed in the text.
  • Chapter 7, “The Second Amendment: The Gun Control Controversy”, provides an extensive examination of people’s right to bear arms, a topic not typically covered with any depth by constitutional law texts designed for criminal justice and political science departments.
  • To ensure that readers have up-to-date information on critical research skills and technology tools, Chapter 4 now includes coverage of LEXIS/NEXIS, an expanded discussion of the methodology of legal writing in general and case briefs in particular, and an exploration of the Internet’s limitations that shows readers how to discern the quality of information available on various websites.
  • The text presents small segments of case law in order to avoid overwhelming the student.

Table of Contents

1. A Historical Overview.
2. An Overview of Our Legal System.
3. The Supreme Court of the United States: The Final Word.
4. Reaching the Law.
5. Equal Protection Under the Law: Balancing Individual, State and Federal Rights.
6. The First Amendment: Basic Freedom.
7. The Second Amendment: The Gun Control Controversy.
8. The Fourth Amendment: An Overview of Constitutional Searches and Seizures.
9. Conducting Constitutional Searches.
10. Conducting Constitutional Seizures.
11. The Fifth Amendment: Due Process and Obtaining Information Legally.
12. The Sixth Amendment: Right to Counsel and a Fair Trial.
13. The Eighth Amendment: Bail, Fines, and Punishment.
14. The Remaining Amendments and a Return to the Constitution.

What's New

  • Cases, examples, research, and statistics have all been extensively updated throughout – making Harr/Hess the single most current text of its kind available anywhere.
  • Historical coverage in Chapters 1 and 2 is now streamlined, helping students focus on the most important events and enabling the authors to expand topic coverage in the key areas mentioned elsewhere without creating a longer text.
  • NEW! “In the News” boxes use recent headline cases to vividly illustrate chapter material.
  • NEW! “Constitutional Law in Action” features offer additional examples of key chapter concepts in practice--including proper and improper police actions and the results.
  • Reflecting the latest developments in the field, the Fifth Edition offers expanded, cutting-edge coverage of such high-profile topics as immigration and the law, gun control, terrorism/homeland security, tasers, death row, and more.
  • NEW! Each chapter now begins with 8-12 numbered learning objectives that have been carefully matched to individual bullet points in the end-of-chapter summary for maximum learning reinforcement. In addition, each item in the accompanying Test Bank is linked to a particular learning objective.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

J. Scott Harr

The late J. Scott Harr worked in various areas of the law for 30 years. He was the Chief Law Enforcement Officer and Public Safety Director for a suburb of the Twin Cities and served as a police officer for two other cities prior to that. In addition, he served as a firefighter and emergency medical technician. Licensed as a lawyer, police officer, and private investigator, he taught at Normandale Community College, Metropolitan State University, and Concordia University.

Kären M. Hess

The late Kären Matison Hess, PhD, wrote extensively in law enforcement and criminal justice, gaining a respected reputation for the consistent pedagogical style around which she structured each textbook. She co-authored multiple editions of MANAGEMENT AND SUPERVISION IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION, JUVENILE JUSTICE, and INTRODUCTION TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE in addition to CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM; much of her work and influence remains unchanged in this new edition.

Christine M.H. Orthmann

Christine H. Orthmann holds an M.S. in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati and has been writing and researching in various aspects of criminal justice for over 20 years. She is the co-author of numerous Cengage Learning textbooks, a former reserve officer with the Rosemount, Minnesota, Police Department, and a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), the American Society of Criminology (ASC), the Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA), and the National Criminal Justice Honor Society (Alpha Phi Sigma).